Prepare your guest bathroom for visitors

Home & Garden TelevisionDecember 21, 2012 

Treat overnight guests to a five-star-hotel experience with our tips for turning your guest bathroom into a spalike retreat.

• Make sure the entire room is squeaky clean. Treat yourself to a day off from cleaning; hire a professional cleaning service to do the dirty work.

• Stock the bathroom vanity with the little amenities your guests may have forgotten to pack, such as cotton balls, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a razor.

• Brighten up the bath with a vase of fresh flowers and add a subtle aroma with scented soaps or potpourri.

• Replace a worn or dated shower curtain or liner and switch out an old bathmat with a new, super-plush model.

• Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels, so you’ll always have the “good” towels ready for overnight guests.

• Sea sponges, bath salts, loofahs and bath brushes are items you would typically expect to find in a spa or high-end hotel. They’re also inexpensive items you can pick up at the dollar store.

• An illuminated or magnifying vanity mirror is a thoughtful addition that older visitors or guests with impaired eyesight will appreciate.

• A bathroom filled with the subtle fragrance of vanilla, sandalwood or citrus will make a long soak even more relaxing.

•  If space allows, provide a basket or bin for stashing used towels and linens.

• With the ever-shifting rules regarding flying with liquids, many guests may plan on simply purchasing toiletries once they reach their destination. Save them a trip to the store by placing shampoo, conditioner, soap and a razor in the shower.

• While a trash can certainly isn’t a sexy addition, it is a handy one. Help it blend in by matching the can’s style or color to your bathroom’s decor.

Courtesy H. Camille Smith on hgtv.com

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service